Sunday, July 13, 2008

Double Vision

Since I began knitting, I've always admired sock knitters. Truth be told, four years ago, I could not fathom why anyone would spend money on sock yarn, never mind mentioning the insane amount of time I imagined it would take to work with such teeny tiny needles. Boy ... was I ever wrong!

At the urging of my terrific SIL, we took a magic loop class together. Thank you brilliant Maria , as that class was the catalyst for an entirely new knitting obsession for me. Shortly after, I discovered the amazing Melissa, who is the brilliant author of 2-at-a-time-socks. The book is wonderful, filled with terrific patterns and step-by-step instructions.

I have just casted on for Emily's Socks today. They say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery ! ; )

P.S. It's Summer after all ... what flavor are you?

Friday, July 11, 2008

The Resignation of Private Pee-On /"Perpetual Pizza Girl"

Earlier today, in an surprise act, Private Pee-On gave her unexpected and abrupt resignation from the Über Elite Pool Committee (UEPC), the GOP of the MDC+ status country club to which she and her family are members. For the sake of anonymity, names have been changed to protect the guilty.

It is not yet confirmed, but all speculation points to the impulsive "swarm and slap down" tactic used by the Tee party, the controlling sect of UEPC, as the deciding factor in this unexpected and unforseen decision. Specific details of the execution of this tactic, are not yet known, but a reliable source has confirmed that the Queen Bee of the Tee Party demanded that Private Pee-On immediately assume the additional identity of Perpetual Pizza Girl. Reality, much like wrinkles, is non-existent to Queen Bee. When the Private politely drew attention to her concerns of not being able to give the meager free time she does have to UEPC, and upon the Private's further conveying her desire to be more in control of her personal decisions in the management of her own private time, Queen Bee demanded that she assume the responsibility of "Perpetual Pizza Girl" immediately.
Although it is a known fact that one can never climb the illusive social ladder without being stung by a Queen Bee or two, the Private, we can only assume, is highly allergic to bee stings. The Private responded to the impending doom with a polite chorus of truth ... ugly as it may be. It is said at that moment, the Private proffered her resignation ... GASP!!! ... it appears the Queen Bee has been stung!! However, a Queen will always be a Queen ... and like the true dictator that she is, she told the Private that her resignation would be accepted after she fulfilled the immediate duty of "Perpetual Pizza Girl" for today. The Queen Bee was last seen making a bee line for her golf-cart (heaven forbid she miss her scheduled court time for doubles). En route to the court, a curt email was dispensed to UEPC, informing all of the Private's resignation. No reason or detail was given.

In an effort to report a fair and unbiased story, both parties were consulted for comment. When reached, the Private expressed her concerns of the possible repercussions of stinging the Queen Bee.

The Queen Bee could not be reached for comment.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Knitting Poolside ... not "socially accepted" everywhere.

This is how I spend every Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning beginning in the latter part of June through the middle of August. Lazin' in the sun ... cheering on our swim team ... and of course, knitting. Why would it seem odd that I knit at the pool? Perfect setting for it ... I'm stretched out in a lounge chair, preferably under a market umbrella, and if Mother Nature cooperates, there is even a coolness to the gentle breeze that always floats through the pool. Inviting as this sounds, my knitting never fails to invite odd looks and even stranger comments. I'll expand on this further and note that strange comments and odd looks could be explained ... possibly even justified ... if I were finishing up with work on a hexagon blanket in July when it's a cozy 93 degrees with a dew point of 72 . However, I don't feel my work on twilight socks is worthy of any attention. Why the odd looks and strange comments? What strikes me as odd (and infuriating) is that it is not only "socially accepted" but encouraged for "ladies" to sit together and be engage in such ridiculous discussions on pointless topics such as "how private education is far superior than public" ... or about how they couldn't buy shoes at Nordstrom's today (because they bought two pairs on Saturday and they promised their husband no shoes "today"... giggle giggle ... he didn't say that I couldn't tomorrow"). Please .... spare me ... I have a row to finish.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Exaggerated Sense of Self-Worth

Welcome to my humble blog. I'm Christine ... I'm 41 and I'm insanely enthusiastic about knitting ... other things too, which may make their way into various post ... but I'll try to keep it to knitting. That picture says it all doesn't it? I wasn't always this obnoxious ... quite to the contrary. I was picked on in school, horribly shy, more insecure than I could ever write about and basically overwhelmed with a feeling of unworthiness. Alas, that all changed. I'll spare you the ugly details and skip to the knitting content.

Finished recently is Indigo Ripples II.

Ravelry link is here.

This is a favorite of mine ... obviously, as this is my second skirt. I love knitting in the round ... completely mindless . The pattern also offers you a great introduction to lace, which is something I've only dibbled and dabbled in (although I have bought yarn for it ... the stash is just a beast that will not be tamed!).